Title: Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Del Rey
I absolutely loved this book, couldn’t put it down. I lost sleep reading Spinning Silver. The question is: where to begin. There is a lot going on in this book and it is all wonderful. If you read a synopsis online then this book is about Miryem, a moneylenders daughter who takes up her father’s trade. In truth, even though Miryem has more page time, this book follows three young women.
They are each from a different walks of life but fate, magic, and the Staryk bring them together and intertwine their fates. Wanda’s father is a dunk and she comes to work for Miryem’s family to pay off his debt. Irina is the plane daughter of a duke.
Novik intertwines their stories and she also weaves together the story from various first person points of view but the reader is not given an obvious clue as to who the narrator is, instead Novik gives subtle hints that allow the reader to gather enough information to figure out whose head we are in. The narrator is not always one of the three.
Laced throughout the story are the Staryk. Beings of snow and ice, their king calls winter in his steps. The white Staryk road that reveals itself just on the edge of mortal sight and running parallel, sometimes, to the moral road ignites fear.
Spinning Silver is beautiful both in the descriptions of the wintery world and in the way the characters develop as the story progresses. These women are thrown into what would be terrifying situations and…well read it and see if they handle the situation or if they let it control them. If you haven’t read this book yet you defiantly should. It is full of fire and life, adventure and splendor. Step into this icy world.
This book was actually my July book from Book of the Month. Book of the Month is great because it help me to find new authors and new books that I had not known about before. Have a great Monday!
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